A fire risk assessment is a mandatory undertaking that must be carried out in all places of work and in areas that are accessible to the general public. Failure to conform to such regulations can lead to very serious penalties or even imprisonment. The assessment is a detailed one and must be carried out by an appointed ‘responsible person’ such as a fire warden. This person must pursue such a task in the first instance and then re-evaluate it periodically.
If your business has more than five staff members than the assessment details must be recorded in writing and kept somewhere safe. Assessments can be made by anybody, as long as they have the relevant fire safety advice documents to hand. If you do not feel comfortable with undertaking such an important task, a professional fire risk assessments company can provide a competent person to take on these duties on your behalf.
A fire risk assessment is a methodical and scheduled investigation of your premises, performed in order to ascertain the fire risks and safety levels of your surroundings. The elements of this assessment are carried out in order to highlight the likelihood of a fire starting and the harm it could cause in certain circumstances to those in and around the area. The main aims of the assessment are to:
The responsibility of a fire risk assessment should be placed upon one designated individual; this is usually an employer or another person who has control over the premises in question. This can be the premises owner or an appointed fire warden. If you have more than one responsible person then it is vitally important that they cooperate and communicate with each other in a professional manner.
The responsible person must focus entirely on the safety of all relevant individuals and must pay particular attention to those at an increased risk; such as disabled people. They must also have the training and knowledge required to implement these measures correctly and appropriately.
Here is a quick list of necessities that must also be in place as part of your fire risk assessment procedure:
For complete peace of mind and to ensure your premises is safe and as risk free as possible, it is sometimes best to hire a professional who is trained and experienced in such competencies. Fire risk assessments are a huge responsibility with a lot of liability resting on the responsible person. Here at Total Fire Services we offer our clients two types of fire safety consultancy – standard and advanced.
The content for both levels of assessment is exactly the same and recommended by the Health and Safety Executive and the Employers’ Guide Published by the Home Office. Our service also complies with recommendations enforced by PAS 79:2007 (Fire Risk Assessment – Guidance and a Recommended Methodology). Contact us for more information.
We offer our clients a complete fire safety management service, our key services include:
Delivering a comprehensive and detailed report on your property.
We can provide a partnership which offers auditing and consultancy services.
Manage multiple risk assessment actions with our Aurora software.
Our fire safety training courses cover every level of fire safety, from basic through to advanced.